A Fire Upon the Deep (Zones of Thought) by Vernor Vinge

By Vernor Vinge

Thousands of years as a result, many races inhabit a universe the place a mind's capability will depend on its place in area - from superintelligent entities within the go beyond, to the constrained minds of the Unthinking Depths, the place merely basic creatures and know-how can functionality. not anyone is aware what unusual strength partitioned house into those 'zones of thought', but if the warring Straumli realm use an historic Transcendent artefact as a weapon, they unwittingly unharness an amazing energy that destroys millions of worlds and enslaves all typical and synthetic intelligence.
Fleeing the possibility, a kinfolk of scientists, together with young ones, are taken captive via the Tines - an alien race with a harsh medieval tradition - and used as pawns in a ruthless strength fight. A rescue celebration, now not solely composed of people, needs to loose the kids - and retrieve a mystery which could retailer the remainder of interstellar civilization.

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